2 weeks left in some regular seasons, so the Conference Playoffs loom, and no thread that I could find yet.
Current PWR gaps:
I'll post this ranking by RPI, since it really is the main feature these days (top of the table notwithstanding)
SCSU and NoDame on top
Denver and Cornell next
Mankato, Ohio State
then everyone else, with no big gaps anywhere.
Significant features in the table:
Minnesota loses the compare to Michigan (which can only flip if they play them in the B10 playoffs) and UMD (which can flip via CommOpp if UMD gets a bad result)
Denver wins the compare with St Cloud by slight margins in CommOpp and H2H in spite of St Cloud having a large lead in RPI. (Whether that is fair or not is another matter)
The 4 at the top are very likely the #1 seeds. That means St Cloud goes to Sioux Falls most likely, and whether that's good or bad depends on where NoDak ends up.
Mankato, tOSU, Clarkson probably will be #2s.
The last #2 and the rest of the field is up in the air, although Minnesota has a fairly safe track to the 2/3 band.
Because of non-conference results, the field will skew heavily west. Right now, the field is:
WCHA: 1 by PWR qualification, NOT a low ranking auto-bid team
HE: 2 (neither BC nor BU, of all things)
AHA: Whoever is the auto-bid.
That makes the bracket unusual. Every Eastern team in the field would be within driving range of Allentown, were the field East-heavy. Only Ohio State is, among the western teams. Which means that there is a very real chance of east/west crossovers this time around.
Sioux Falls: SCSU (1), Mankato (because of the 5-12 game), NoDak (12), AHA champ (16)
Allentown: Notre Dame (3), OSU (6 - bus, not fly), Omaha or Duluth (10/11), N'Eastern (14 - bus, and NoDame can't play Mich)
East: Denver (2), Prov (8), Minn (9), Michigan (15)
Northeast: Cornell (4), Clarkson (7), Omaha/Duluth (10/11), W Mich (13)
Which gives 8 flights. 9 flights if you swap Clarkson for OSU, which I would do for the sake of mixing the leagues in the regionals, which a committee almost never gets a chance to do like they have this year.
Anyone got input?